Dental Restoration Treatment
It’s great news that the incidence of tooth decay has significantly diminished over the years due to the use of fluorides and an increase in patient awareness. However, teeth are still susceptible to decay, infection, and breakage and sometimes need to be restored back to health. Through improved techniques and modern technology, we are now able to offer more options for restoring a tooth back to its normal shape, appearance and function.
Should your teeth ever require a restorative treatment, you can rest assured knowing we will always discuss with you the available options, and recommend what we believe to be the most comfortable and least invasive treatment. Providing you with excellent care is our number one priority when creating your beautiful smile.
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Reasons for restorative dentistry:
- Enhance your smile.
- Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth.
- Improve or correct an improper bite.
- Prevent the loss of a tooth.
- Relieve dental pain.
- Repair damaged and decayed teeth.
- Replace missing teeth.
- Replace old, unattractive dental treatments.
- Restore normal eating and chewing.
There are several common dental restoration procedures that can restore a tooth’s function and the esthetic concerns of a beautiful smile. Common restoration procedures include dental fillings, crowns, implants, bridges, dentures, and veneers. Each restoration type depends on the state of a tooth when initially presented to a dentist.
Fillings are used to fill cavities caused by decay or broken teeth. This is the most common type of restoration. The tooth is cleaned, the decay is removed, and the dentist will suggest a filling material such as a composite resin or a silver amalgam. Composite resin restorations are recommended in visible areas and are much more common than silver amalgam. Other options are a glass ionomer which acts more like a sealant. It is more opaque than a composite resin and a resin-modified glass ionomer which has better esthetic property than the pure glass ionomer.
Dental crowns are more commonly called caps. They cover the entire tooth and are used to protect it when dental fillings are very large and/or a tooth is weak, cracked, worn down, or vulnerable to daily chewing forces or grinding/clenching activity.
Dental implants are artificial roots that hold a tooth or a series of teeth like a crown, bridge, or denture. There are many types of implants, and they do function like a tooth. Implants require significant planning and multiple appointments and are an excellent substitute for an area with no teeth.
Bridges are false teeth used to replace missing teeth. They are attached to adjacent teeth by crowns and a false tooth that connects the adjacent crowns. Bridges are usually porcelain in nature and are esthetically a great alternative to implants. Dental bridges are an excellent alternative to implants but require a detailed conversation with your dentist.
Dentures are removable false teeth and can be made for people that are missing all teeth or even just one tooth. Ask your dentist for details and whether you qualify for dentures.
Veneers are tooth-coloured natural-looking shells that cover the front of teeth. This is considered a cosmetic procedure and can create a wonderful esthetic appearance.
Fillings are done to reduce the level of pain someone has if they present with discomfort. They are also done to prevent serious infections if left untreated. When fillings are done, your dentist will go over what to expect. Deeper restorations require more care and are situated closer to a tooth’s nerve endings, and these procedures have the potential to cause discomfort. Adequate local anesthetic is important to provide great quality of care and ensure comfort. Your tooth may feel discomfort or sensitivity a few days after a procedure. Mild discomfort is normal and temporary. Significant and prolonged discomfort may be a sign of a problem. Contact your dentist immediately.
Most simple procedures like fillings are covered to some degree by most insurance companies. More involved restorative procedures like crowns, bridges, implants, and dentures require an estimate to determine the level of coverage. If there are any questions about coverage or a concern about the level of payment, an estimate for any treatment can be sent prior to treatment being done.
Assuming that a damaged tooth is not severe enough that it must be removed, a damaged tooth can be restored with any of the different types of dental restorations listed above. If a tooth is deemed to be unrestorable, the empty space can be replaced with an implant, bridge, or denture. The first step in determining how a damaged tooth can be restored is to determine the state of the tooth and then to look at options that the patient accepts.
Dental restorations can help regain the smile that you once had. There are many dental restoration procedures that can be done for a variety of broken or missing teeth. Each procedure may require different care after it is done. After a filling, it is important to avoid chewing hard foods. It is best to avoid the area while still frozen. Some fillings can be slightly sensitive to hot or cold for a few days, and a few days of gum sensitivity may be experienced. If a dental restoration procedure requires a temporary filling during a treatment process, it is imperative that the area is avoided and it is kept clean. Ask your dentist for care and hygiene around temporarily restored areas.